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“The local food system is elitist in large part because it is forced to be”

November 10, 2010

The ever-wise Sharon Astyk on charges of local food being elitist and why this is because of the industrial food system.

What I want to argue, in fact is that the accusation that local food is elitist is actually a product of the industrial food infrastructure – that is, the requirements of an industrial food system, the presumption that the basic structure of food production should be industrialized is what makes the price of good food higher. The accusation that local food isn’t “serious” because it costs more is an accusation in bad faith – the reason it costs more is because the same system makes it cost more.

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